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Prime Minister Theresa May will write to the European Union on March 29 formally announcing Britain's withdrawal from the bloc, EU sources told Reuters on Monday, saying Brussels had been told of the plan by British officials.

That letter next Wednesday will start the clock ticking on a two-year countdown to Brexit and allow negotiations to start between London and Brussels in the coming weeks.

By the end of next week, after he has received May's letter, European Council President Donald Tusk should have distributed draft guidelines for the negotiations to the 27 other national governments.

Tusk will also summon those 27 leaders for a summit to endorse the final guidelines, probably in early May.

Once those are in place, giving a negotiating mandate to the EU executive, the European Commission, chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier should be able to schedule talks with his British counterpart, Brexit Secretary David Davis.


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KHALID YOUSAFZAI (UK) Mar 20, 2017 04:56pm

there comes a green light for Pakistanis working in UK. Great stuff.

Farhaz Mar 21, 2017 12:17am

When Scotland will leave England??? Since same devide & rule policy will be applicable for them .

M.Saeed Mar 21, 2017 12:23am

That would start the beginning of the end. France, Holland and Germany are already on the threshold to exit EU.

farhad Mar 21, 2017 07:47am

Its a good thing for uk because they are overwelmed with east european immigrants, Polish is the second language plus the schools, housing, hospitals are clogged.To put in perspective the kind of immigration that happend in 40 years from south asia it took 8 years to happen from east europe. Pak govt should ensure safety of its citizens among rising rasicism and phobia.Plus also lobby for relaxed work permits, family reunion visas and training opportunities.In comparison Indians get a work visa in 24 hours from Banglore and they hardly ask any question in the interview.Pak govt needs to really do more for overseas Pak who send lots of foreign exchange back home.